Shivraj Singh Chouhan visits Mandsaur to meet farmers

RSTV Bureau

Shivraj-Chouhan-genMadhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited the violence-hit Mandsaur district, where five protesting farmers were killed in police firing last week.

On Wednesday morning, the CM handed over cheques of Rs 1 crore to the families of those killed .

Chouhan along with his wife reached Mandsaur in a special plane. He first headed to Badwan village to meet the kin of farmer Ghanshyam Dhakad, who was killed in police firing.

The chief minister handed a cheque of Rs 1 crore as compensation to the kin of Dhakad, as promised. He assured the family members that strict action will be taken against those who shot dead the farmers.

Chouhan is also scheduled to visit Lodh, Nayakheda, Piplyamandi, Barkheda Panth and Budha villages to extend condolences to the kin of the other farmers killed in police firing.

Elaborate security arrangements were in place for the CM’s visit.

Farmers have been protesting since June 1 demanding a higher minimum support price (MSP) for their produce among other issues. Situation turned ugly on June 6, when six farmers were killed in police firing. For the next few days, to bring the situation under control, prohibitory orders were in place as farmers upped the ante, resorting to arson and violence post the killings. The agitation then spread to other districts of western Madhya Pradesh including Neemuch, Dhar, Ratlam and Jhabua.

Several political leaders from across party lines have been stopped from entering the district. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi like others was arrested before he could enter Mandsaur.

Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia’s is siting on a ‘satyagraha’ in Bhopal to protest against farmer deaths.

Earlier, Chouhan, who came under severe attack from the opposition following the agrarian unrest, had called off the indefinite fast on Sunday, 28 hours after its launch, claiming peace had been restored.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had launched an indefinite fast in Bhopal on Saturday with an appeal for peace and met farmer leaders.

However, he ended his fast on Sunday saying peace has returned to the state. Before ending the fast, he had assured people that those involved in the deaths of farmers in Mandsaur would be punished severely.

(With inputs from PTI)